Jon Stewart: Here’s how he’s taking ‘concrete action’ to aid veterans

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jon Stewart helps Iraq War veterans find jobs in TV.

The public recently learned about a boot camp where military veterans interested in the TV business have he opportunity to learn more and perhaps get a job in the industry. Jon Stewart, the American comic who made his name satirizing and criticizing America’s politics and its wars, has developed a program to help ex-military personnel follow their dreams of working in television, he told The New York Times (paywall).Jon Stewart may be a fervent critic of the Iraq War—remember Mess-o-potamia?—but he’s willing to put politics aside to help veterans land in show business.

For the past three years, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been quietly running five-week-long boot camps aimed at getting interested war veterans into the television industry. The program, developed by Stewart’s The Daily Show over the last three years, allows a group of veterans to see the inner workings of the show during a five-week “boot camp” course, and attend a job fair at the end to help find them employment—some on The Daily Show itself. Stewart is speaking about the program now because of his upcoming “Daily Show” departure, according to the NYT, but the host has worked on the camp for the last few years. “This is ready to franchise. In his “Mess O’Potamia” segments, for example, Stewart regularly ripped into the administration for its misunderstanding of international and local politics, and the confused reasoning behind its decisions. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn’t being tapped.” The program is described as an “intense five-week immersion program” designed to train veterans who have an interest in entering the competitive entertainment business, as a way to substitute for the years of internships and entry-level industry jobs that most veterans will have missed out on.

Stewart’s job-training program is in keeping, however, with the spirit of his direct interactions with soldiers and veterans who fought in those wars—as seen during his morale-boosting USO tour to Afghanistan in 2011. “I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be here to thank you all in person for all that you do,” he told troops then. Stephen Colbert, former host of the Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report” and future CBS “Late Show” host, has also embarked on efforts to support soldiers. Scott Walker (R), who hasn’t formally announced a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, hinted that he might not campaign in the Florida primary. “The neat thing about being around the country is that if we choose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are, at least in some of the polls, essentially tied,” Walker said.

The governor added that the money his campaign would save by not campaigning in Florida could even the playing field between him and former Florida Gov. Florida’s primary will be held on March 15, 2016, the first day a state can award delegates on a winner-takes-all basis under the Republican National Committee’s rules, Time notes. Ewing of the Marine Corps also stated that action, like that which Stewart is taking, is what people need to do when it comes to helping veterans. “Oftentimes, the only acknowledgment I get is somebody handing me a handshake and saying, ‘Thank you for your service,’” Ewing said. “And I personally feel, if you are really grateful, go do something for a vet. Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger, the challengers who brought the case against voting districts for the Texas Senate, explained in their briefing that “there are voters or potential voters in Texas whose Senate votes are worth approximately one and one-half times that of appellants.” Evenwel and Pfenninger, who are both voters, said in a statement that they want the lawsuit to “compel Texas to equalize the number of eligible voters in each district.” Under current laws, most state and local governments define districts based on total populations, rather than eligible voters.

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